Meet The Instructors of the Open Leadership Network
The instructors of Open Leadership Network courses are undisputed experts in their domain subject areas. Here are some Quick Links to help you see the scope of expertise and depth of experience of each of our teachers :
- Astrid Claessen (teaching Open Space Agility, Open Space in Organizations)
- Marai Kiele (teaching Open Space in Orgs, OpenSpace Agility, Inviting Leadership)
- Caitlin Walker (teaching Clean Language)
- Doug Kirkpatrick (teaching No Limits Self Management)
- Heidi Araya (teaching The Agile Open Practitioner)
- Mike Burrows (teaching Agendashift)
- Marian Way (teaching Clean Language)
- Stacia Viscardi Heimgartner (teaching FailAgility)
- Mark Sheffield (teaching Inviting Leadership, OpenSpace Agility, Open Space in Organizations)
- Mark Burgess (teaching Promise Theory)
- Diana Williams (teaching OpenSpace Agility, Inviting Vision)
- Darren Terrell (teaching Inviting Vision, OpenSpace Agility)
- Daniel Mezick (teaching Inviting Leadership, Open Space in Organizations, OpenSpace Agility, Acting Like an Executive Coach)
- Miriam Sasse (teaching OpenSpace Agility)
- Peter Fischbach (teaching Acting Like An Executive Coach)
- Cristin Hernandez (teaching The Agile Open Practitioner)
Mark Burgess is a theoretician and practitioner in the area of cooperation and information systems, whose work has focused largely on distributed information infrastructure. He is known particularly for his work on Promise Theory, a theory of high-performance based on autonomous agents at scale. Promise Theory describes the interactions between autonomous agents within a system. It provides a semi-formal language for modelling intent and its outcome, which results in a chemistry for cooperative behavior.
Mark Burgess is emeritus professor of Network and System Administration at Oslo University College, Norway. He works as an advisor on science and technology matters all over the world.
You can learn more about the fundamentals of Promise Theory by watching this short 8-minute video. Click the video image or click this link to have a look:
Marai has co-hosted, participated in, or facilitated hundreds of Open Space Technology events since 2003. Her professional experience bringing Open Space Technology to organizations spans several countries and cultures, including the USA, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, and Canada. Her online Open Space events have held space for participants from over 25 countries since 2015.
In 2004 Marai co-narrated a chapter of the audiobook of THE PRACTICE OF PEACE from Harrison Owen, the formulator of Open Space Technology. She is fluent in German and English.
Marai delivers training and teaching on Inviting Leadership™ and Invitation-Based Change™.
Teaching Open Space Technology and Open Space Agility worldwide, Marai holds a set of key certifications that span whole-group process, Agile, coaching and facilitation:
- Certified Cultural Transformation Tools®CTT Consultant (Advanced Level)
- Certified Circle Practice Advanced Facilitator (studying under the originators, Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea)
- Certified Scrum At Scale Practitioner
- Certified Genuine Contact™ Trainer & Facilitator
- Certified Open Space Agility Instructor
Here is a short 7-minute video on the essentials of Open Space, from Marai:
By her purpose-centered mentoring and values-based coaching, she serves progressive decision-makers who are ready to up their game, now, beyond performance and into holistic, whole-group success.
Doug Kirkpatrick is an organizational change consultant, TEDx and keynote speaker, executive coach, author, board member and educator. He has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Forbes and authored Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization. His newest book from Forbes Books, The No-Limits Enterprise: Organizational Self-Management in the New World of Work, launched in July 2019. He recently served as a board member at the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the world’s largest talent association with 35,000 members in 120 countries.
The first season of his business career was spent in the manufacturing sector, principally with The Morning Star Company, a world leader in the food industry, as a financial controller where he co-founded the Morning Star Self-Management Institute. He now engages with Forbes Speakers, Open Leadership Network, LeadWise, People-Centric Organizations, Center for Innovative Cultures, Great Work Cultures, Radical, Business Agility Institute, Responsive and other vibrant organizations and leaders to co-create the future of management.
Caitlin is a pioneer in the domain of Clean Learning and the developer of Systemic Modelling™. She is the author of From Contempt to Curiosity, which details many of the innovative and transformational projects that she has led across the U.K. and beyond.
She has developed modeling methods from small scale group development to at-scale organizational culture-change programmes. She designs and delivers tailor made learning and development programs for addressing diversity, conflict, leadership, managing mergers, and creating learning organizations. Caitlin resides in the U.K. and teaches the Clean Language methodology worldwide.
With over 20 years of experience in a wide range of industries and roles, Heidi brings a pragmatic approach to her work leading transformation in organizations through the use of Open methods. Heidi is currently Director of Agile Transformation at Tenable, a cybersecurity firm based in Maryland.
A passionate and vocal champion of the Open movement, Heidi trains and speaks at events and conferences worldwide. She also co-hosts a very popular virtual-video meetup series for Agilists you can learn more about and sign up for, at www.coachingagilejourneys.com. Her forthcoming book is The Agile Open Practitioner: Growing High Performing Teams.
Mike Burrows is an expert in implementing outcome-oriented business strategy and agile/digital transformation. He is the pioneering formulator of Agendashift , an engagement model based on Open principles. He has authored three books for decision-makers with budget authority for agile and digital transformation, Kanban from the Inside , Agendashift and Right to Left.
Mike Burrows has been honored with awards like Brickell Key award for his community contribution and service to the business and project management community. He and his team at Agendashift help organizations in keeping their strategy and vision aligned with the culture of continuous transformation and co-creation.
Marian is an expert in delivering complex ideas to diverse audiences. She has taken the genius work of David Grove around Clean Language and developed a series of learning modules that bring Clean Language to a worldwide audience.
Marian is a director of both Clean Learning and Training Attention UK, world leaders in Clean applications for corporate, educational and community development. She has authored or co-authored three books on the use of Clean Language for personal and corporate transformational change.
STACIA VISCARDI HEIMGARTNER
Teaching and coaching Scrum for over 12 years, Stacia is a Business Agility Coach, a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) & Coach, a noted authority on Scrum, and an author of The Professional ScrumMaster’s Handbook. Stacia was one of the very first Certified Scrum Trainers in the USA, taught by Ken Schwaber himself.
Stacia is an expert on enabling high-performance business agility through the application of Open principles. Her forthcoming book FailAgility provides a set of guidelines and specific step-by-step advise on what to do, and what not to do, when the goal is enterprise-wide improvement.
Mark an Agile coach, certified trainer, and author of two books organizational change. He focuses on explaining and then implementing invitation, opt-in, and pull when coaching Agile to executives, teams and organizations. Mark has been training, coaching, and launching Agile teams since 2013 and has over 20 years’ experience developing software solutions.
In 2015 he co-authored The OpenSpace Agility Handbook, which describes an engagement model for leveraging invitation and Agile principles when implementing organizational change. See www.OpenSpaceAgility.com for more information.
In 2018 he co-authored Inviting Leadership, a tutorial and reference guide for making the shift from leadership delegation, to leadership invitation. See www.InvitingLeadership.com for more information.
Diana Williams is an agile and executive coach. She has over 8 years of experience delivering enterprise level Agile coaching to executive leaders, management and teams. She is a passionate learner and teacher, holding eight different certifications including the OpenSpace Agility Certified Trainer credential.
Her teams recognize significant productivity gains, improved quality, and better predictability. She is empathic with her teams and stakeholders, helping them achieve things they did not realize were possible.
Darren Terrell is an Enterprise Transformation Coach, Leadership Coach/Trainer, Organization Designer, and Agile/Kanban Trainer. He has been leading transformations for medium to large organizations for eight years. As a senior transformation specialist, he has worked with executives and Agile teams for many years. Darren has a breadth of experience in creating the conditions for agile and digital transformation in the private and public sectors. Darren is a pioneer in the practical application of Open patterns and practices to facilitate real agility in large organizations. He serves as a board member for the Agile Cincinnati, a member of the Open Leadership Network, and is a conference speaker. Darren is the co-creator of Inviting Vision, Certified OpenSpace Agility Trainer, and Certified Trainer for Training from the BACK of the Room.
After 25 years in IT and 10 years of Agile Coaching my current belief is that the most important thing to scale is engagement. There is no such thing as a successful change program without high levels of human engagement. Business Agility is about clarity of what you want to achieve and re-distributing authority throughout the organisation so the flow of decision making enables the flow of value. I believe Open Space Agility will help you achieve this.
Coaching executives and teams since 2006, DANIEL MEZICK is a ScrumAtScale Trainer, an expert on business agility, and an author of three books on organizational change. A frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences, Daniel’s list of clients include Capital One, INTUIT, Adobe, CIGNA, Pitney Bowes, SIEMENS Healthcare, Harvard, and dozens of smaller enterprises.
His books include THE CULTURE GAME , which describes 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization, beyond software; the OPEN SPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK , which pioneered the Open Engagement Models concept for agile and digital transformations; and INVITING LEADERSHIP: Invitation-Based Change in the New World or Work™, which introduced the concept of Invitation-Based Change and introduced the domain of Authority Studies. INVITING LEADERSHIP published in 2018 and upon publication it reached #1 on the Amazon bestseller list in the Organizational Learning category.
Daniel’s enterprise consulting practice is built upon the core concepts found inside these books. He conducts workshops based on these books, and also offers enterprise Agile coaching, Agile training programs for teams, and management consulting. You can learn more and contact him at www.DanielMezick.com.
After studying industrial engineering and psychology, Dr. Miriam Sasse focused on the self-optimization of project teams and work processes. She currently works as an agile coach and transformation consultant at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA / arvato Systems. She is a certified business coach and alternative practitioner for psychotherapy, especially Schematherapy according to J. Young. Her focus is on making psychological perspectives and techniques understandable and applicable for engineers and computer scientists. Areas of application are resilience, crisis and change management – in classical projects, agile teams and transformations. An author, Miriam is the co-author of both the German-language OPEN SPACE AGILITY HANDBUCH and the German-language OPENSPACE AGILITY KOMPAKT.
Miriam promotes and teaches the OpenSpace Agility engagement model (OSA), with which leaders create space and guardrails for employees to engage and arrive at their own solutions. This is precisely how profound and sustainable change occurs. Open Space Agility offers a structured approach to change that paves the way to a truly agile organization through freedom and transparency.
Peter is an executive coach and Scrum trainer located in Berlin, Germany. He has co-delivered Scrum education with Scrum co-creator Jeff Sutherland over 30 times across Germany and the European Union. Within the Scrum Events network, Peter is a co-chair of SCRUM DAY, Germany’s oldest and largest Scrum conference. Scrum Events established eduScrum Germany in 2016, where Peter is an active team member.
Peter worked more than ten years as stage actor and acting coach. He has trained hundreds of actors how to discover their most vibrant personality onstage. As an executive coach specializing in Scrum, he now helps other coaches to develop their presence and have more impact.
Cristin is passionate that the most effective ways of working center around engaging people through invitation. She focuses on fostering a shared sense of leadership for all employees in all aspects of their day-to-day. Each team, whether ICs or leaders, brings with it a unique set of personalities, experience and challenges; and she strives to create the space for them execute with passion and purpose. She has worked in technology for nearly 20 years in a wide variety of roles and she is currently Senior Manager, Business Agility at Auth0, an identity and access management company.